Pupils from Green Lane Primary School joined Bradford Council’s Chief Executive, Kersten England and Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, to welcome the trophies to City Hall.
People in the Bradford district were invited to see both the men’s and the women’s trophies which will be awarded to the winners of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
The trophies which feature a big golden Y have been designed and made by hand at world leading trophy makers Thomas Fattorini Ltd.
Thomas Fattorini Ltd was founded in 1827 by Antonio Fattorini, an Italian speaking immigrant who settled in Yorkshire. The family run business designed and made the FA Cup which was lifted for the first time in 1911 by Bradford City Football Club.
The current director of the company, Thomas Fattorini, designed both the trophies himself. The Y is made of brass and copper based alloy, which has been polished and gold plated. The base of the trophy is made from aluminium, which has also been polished and chrome plated.
It took around three to four weeks to make, and a number if craftsmen and women were involved with its design and manufacturing.
In 2016, the men’s trophy was won by Direct Energie’s Thomas Voeckler, while Kirsten Wild, of Hitec-Products took home the women’s trophy.
Coun Sarah Ferriby, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: “We are so proud that Bradford has been chosen as the start for Stage Three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire and that the route chosen will go through so many wonderful parts of our district on Sunday 30 April.
“This is the perfect chance for people to get up close to the trophies that will be lifted at the end of the race and will certainly build up enthusiasm and anticipation for the Tour de Yorkshire in our district.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The trophy tour is always a hugely popular event in the run up to race weekend and this year it will be even more special with the addition of the women’s trophy. I hope communities will come out to see the trophy and build excitement for the race.”
Stage Three of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire starts in City Park on Sunday April 30. It will then pass through Manningham, Frizinghall, Shipley, Saltaire, the bottom of Baildon, Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, Addingham, Silsden, Riddlesden, Keighley, Cross Roads, Haworth, Oxenhope, Denholme, Mountain and Queensbury.
To view a route map and find out more information, visit: www.letour.yorkshire.com